Photographs of Canvey Island and Benfleet, taken in 1895 by a W. Mawer. These photo's were sent to us by Richard and Barbara Kovelant.
BECKWITH FARM, CANVEY ISLAND
OLD BOATS, CANVEY ISLAND
COAST GUARDS, CANVEY ISLAND
GIRL IN FIELD, CANVEY ISLAND
HOLE HAVEN JERROLD RN, CANVEY ISLAND
HOUSE AND HORSE, CANVEY ISLAND
LOBSTER SMACK, CANVEY ISLAND
LOBSTER SMACK ANOTHER VIEW, CANVEY ISLAND
OLD BUILDINGS AND POND, CANVEY ISLAND
SITTING DUCKS!, CANVEY ISLAND
THE FERRY, CANVEY ISLAND
THE HOY, CANVEY ISLAND
WATER GIRL, CANVEY ISLAND
POSTCARD OF THE DUTCH COTTAGE & VILLAGE PUMP c1914
POSTCARD OF THE FERRY, CANVEY ISLAND c1915
POSTCARD OF THE VILLAGE PUMP, CANVEY ISLAND, c1915
PADDLING AT THE BASE OF CHAPMAN LIGHT HOUSE, CANVEY ISLAND
ELSIE MULLEY WITH SISTER AND FRIENDS, c1913
MRS MULLEY WITH DAUGHTERS, CANVEY ISLAND
KNIGHTSWICK FARM, CANVEY ISLAND
OLD DUTCH HOUSE ROAD, CANVEY ISLAND
THE JETTY, CANVEY ISLAND
THE VILLAGE PUMP, CANVEY ISLAND
My wife and I recently purchased an antique photo album in Baltimore, Maryland. This album contains photographs of Canvey Island and Benfleet. The pictures were taken in 1895 by a W. Mawer. In researching the area, of which we must confess we know nothing about, we came across a Canvey Island web site and located your site regarding your grandfather's paintings. Many of the scenes he captured on watercolor are the same as the earlier 1895 photos we are restoring. Obviously we were quite surprised that our project was enriched by your grandfather's work. I am attaching a sample of a photo (below) we have restored that is quite similar to the painting of the Hoy....We would love to learn more about your grandfather and share these wonderful pictures with you... We are simply two attorneys who live in Annapolis, Maryland and have a great appreciation for this type of work."
Paul was born and grew up in Highgate, London. He started painting when he was 7 years old. By the time he was 65 years old he had painted 4000 pictures.
In 1913 he had a picture hung in the Royal Academy a the 145th exhibition. Throughout his career as a teacher and after he retired, he continued to paint until his death in 1963. In 1949 he founded the Finchley Art Society which still meets twice weekly and encourages the talent of local artists.